THE campaign to raise money for a new state-of-the-art children's unit at Raigmore Hospital reached its £2 million target.
Launched by The ARCHIE Foundation in conjunction with the Inverness Courier, the appeal received overwhelming support from individuals, communities, businesses and organisations across the Highlands.
Two months after the appeal reached its target in March, the first patients entered the doors of the new child-centred and family-focused facility which has its own separate entrance.
The 30-bed inpatient area includes a purpose-built four-bed high dependency unit, a two-bed room for teenagers or patients needing palliative care, drop-down beds for parents and a family room. It also features separate triage and day care areas, an education room, playroom and outside play courtyard and a telehealth training room.
Inverness businessman David Sutherland, who steered the appeal for most of the last five years, thanked everyone who had supported it.
"All of us at ARCHIE Highland are enduringly grateful to everyone who played their part, whether you donated 1p, £1 or much more," he said.
The original appeal, launched in March 2011, aimed to raise £1 million to revamp the existing ward. But when the target was reached the following year – way ahead of everyone's expectations – a decision was taken to push it to £2 million, enabling the creation of a new unit at the former ward 11, previously used for respiratory patients.